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Hi,


I have been researching projectors to setup in a small home theater. I recently realized that my room limitations would only enable me to install a 72" screen. I started to wonder if it really makes sense to buy a projector and a screen at the 10-12k range when I could buy a good RPTV for much less. I realize that I could buy front projection for less as well, but the projectors I've seen and like are at the 7k+ range.


Is anyone else saddled with a similar problem? Is there a clear advantage that I'm not aware of for using front projection even at a small screen size? I also know that I'll have to make the decision based on my own budget, desires, etc., but feedback on the performance of either type television system at this range would be greatly appreciated.


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Well, for starters any pj in the 7k range at 72" is going to dance all over ANY RPTV I have seen. I've seen budget PJs make RPTVs look like fuzz boxes. One caveat: Front projection really isn't a television system. If your interest lies in standard TV viewing rather than DVDs and HDTV, FPs regardless of cost will not satisfy.
 

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How far back would your seating be? I would say 70" is right on the border of FP vs RPTV...


The advantage of many digital pj's are the HDMI inputs, so that may be one factor to consider.


Having had a RPTV, I just wasn't happy with a 65" screen :). So for me, I would do whatever possible to try to expand the screen size for a theater room.


Good luck!
 

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An RPTV takes up a whole lot of space. My 72" wide FP replaced a 30" direct view set and it really made the room look much bigger. I could not imagine a 65" diagonal set in my space I just don't have the room.
 

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I've been running a 50-something-inch screen for a while. And I wouldn't consider getting an RPTV instead.


Not only is my setup much less expensive and more portable, I think it's better in many ways picture-quality-wise than the RPTV alternatives.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. My wife and I came up with a plan that will accommodate an 87" screen so it looks like the projector is definite. Now I just need to decide which one...
 

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If you move, that RPTV is never gonna get any bigger...
So true.

I sold my 65" RPTV (A masive box) for a 103" screen and Dwin TV3 and I only regret waiting as long as I did! Satellite looks much better. I was saying to my wife that the the difference between DVD (of course a resonable transfer not garbage) and HDTV has narrowed dramatically.


Knowing what I know now, I would never had chosen RPTV initially.

FREAK!
 

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RPNYC,


are you going to use FP for both daytime and nightime viewing?
 

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The advantage of many digital pj's are the HDMI inputs, so that may be one factor to consider.
What are you talking about? Did you mean DVI? There are very few PJs on the market now that have HDMI inputs.
 

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Oh, hell, have you looked at them? The front projector will just plain look better if it hasn't been set up by a monkey. l have never seen a rear projector that has the picture quality of a decent front setup. I understand completely if one can't afford a good front projection system, but budget aside there is nothing better than a front projector. Art
 
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